So, I'm aware that Hardie recommends a 2" gap between the roof line when installing around a dormer. However, I find this gap to be rather extreme and makes for a strange look. I have also noticed many houses with Hardie siding do not have this big of a gap on them. I do want to follow the recommended practice, but I am wondering if there are any ways to make this detail look nicer. Is it ok to butt pvc trim tight to the roofline and then run the siding up from that? Or perhaps I could paint a piece of flashing the same color as the siding to bridge the 2" gap. Not sure if there is a good solution to this or not.